Public Safety

Two injured after car drives over Edgewood Road Bridge

A Cedar Rapids police car. (Gazette file photo)
A Cedar Rapids police car. (Gazette file photo)

Two people were hospitalized Wednesday night after the vehicle they were traveling in drove off the Edgewood Road Bridge, fell about 50 feet and landed in a ravine.

Cedar Rapids Police said officers responded to 99 Edgewood Road Bridge just before 8 p.m. for a report that a car had driven off the bridge. When they arrived, officers found the vehicle — a Chevrolet Cruze — had driven off the bridge, landing in a ravine below the west side of the bridge, near a set of railroad tracks on the southbound side of Edgewood Road.

Police have identified the vehicle’s occupants as Jonisa Williams, 19, who was driving the vehicle, and Jeremiah Taylor, 22, and Setra Sumerall, 33, who were passengers.

Police said firefighters had to perform a “high-angle rescue,” using a ladder truck tower platform, ropes and a stokes basket to remove Williams from the vehicle.

Taylor and Williams were both transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Police said Taylor’s injuries appeared to be minor while Williams’ injuries appeared more serious.

The cause of the crash has not been identified, but police believe Williams lost control of the vehicle before the vehicle went over the bridge.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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